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Photo: Yucca in black and white via #instagram

October 14th, 2014 Comments off

Photo: Yucca in black and white via #instagram

Yucca in Black and White, Rocky Oaks Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

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Photo: Mandarin Duck, Franklin Canyon Lake, Los Angeles, CA

October 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Photo: Mandarin Duck, Franklin Canyon Lake, Los Angeles, CA

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Noted: Here’s All The Incredible Wildlife In Britain You’re Missing via Business Insider

September 11th, 2014 Comments off

Here’s All The Incredible Wildlife In Britain You’re Missing via Business Insider

Here's All The Incredible Wildlife In Britain You're Missing via Business Insider

The winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards were revealed on Monday.

“The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife,” the organization said on its website.

The winning images in 16 different categories were chosen from thousands of entries.

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Photo: In the meadow via #instagram

August 5th, 2014 Comments off

Photo: In the meadow via #instagram

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California Wildfire Information 2014 – A collection of resources for the 2014 fire season and beyond

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

As is common, we are in a drought again, here in California, and this makes the occurrence of wildfire more likely and also increases the damage that wildfires can do in the landscape and in populated areas. In an effort to stay in touch with the wildfire situation here in California, I have collected a set of resources to keep me informed when fires break out. While I live in the middle of the San Fernando Valley and fairly free from the direct danger of wildfire, fires in the surrounding areas can cause large problems with evacuations, smoke plumes and ash and also directly effect friends and family who live in or near wild lands.


 Cal fire banner

CAL FIRE is a State agency responsible for protecting natural resources from fire on land designated by the State Board of Forestry as State Responsibility Area (SRA). CAL FIRE also manages the State Forest system and has responsibility to enforce the forest practice regulations, which govern forestry practices on private and other non-federal lands. Two major themes are attendant to the CAL FIRE mission. One is the protection of the State’s merchantable timber on all non-federal lands from improper logging activities and the other is the protection of the State’s grass, brush, and tree covered watersheds in SRA from wildland fire. CAL FIRE is a “conservation agency” with origins stemming from the “Conservation Movement” of the last century.”

Cal Fire provides a number of online resources:

Cal Fire Incident Google Map with perimeters


Inciweb Wildfire Information

“InciWeb is an interagency all-risk incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions:

Provide the public a single source of incident related information
Provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community
A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information regarding active incidents is consistent, and the delivery is timely.”

InciWeb Resources:


Enplan wildfire viewer

Enplan Wildfire Viewer

“ENPLAN provides environmental planning and geospatial information services and products to both public and private sectors. We have served over 500 clients since we began in 1980. Throughout our existence, we have remained absolutely committed to leading-edge quality and innovation in the solutions we deliver.”

Enplan Wildfire Viewer Resources:


ESRI Integrated Fire Information Map

ESRI Integrated Fire Information Map

Resources include:

  • Fire Locations
  • Filtered Tweets 
  • Wildfire Perimeters
  • Fire-Related Weather Watches and Warnings

Photo: Camping at Sycamore Creek, 2011

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

Sycamore Canyon Beach

Revisiting a photo from June 17, 2011 at Sycamore Canyon Beach

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Noted: The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist

June 13th, 2014 Comments off

The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes For The Summer from LAist

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They’re close to L.A., they’re free or inexpensive, dogs are usually welcome and they won’t get kids begging for all the latest swag on the ride home. What are they? The hiking trails of Southern California.

L.A. might not be known for nature, but in a year-round climate, with elevations ranging from sea level to 10,000 feet, the great outdoors of SoCal provides many opportunities for exploration.

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Photo: Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) via #instagram

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

Fox Squirrel (Sciurus Niger) 

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Fox squirrel

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Event: Spend the Summer with the Independent Shakespeare Company in Griffith Park

June 4th, 2014 Comments off

We have been enjoying the free Shakespeare in Griffith Park by The Independent Shakespeare Company  for several years now. We have seen The Winter’s Tale, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. The Independent Shakespeare Company always puts on an excellent and entertaining show, especially on lovely Summer nights under the star (and often with the coyotes calling from the surrounding hills.)

2014 Productions

Taming shrew

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns on Thursday, June 26 with:

  • New productions of Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew
  • Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque family workshops
  • The Salon Series, discussions at the intersection of Shakespeare and contemporary culture
  • Festival Arts Partners, pre-show performances by a cross section of Los Angeles performing artists
  • An evening of Shakespeare and music produced in association with Symphony In The Glen.

Why not join us in seeing these shows this Summer? No tickets (or money) required (although tips are gratefully accepted to fund the company). Bring your chairs and your dinner. Come early and enjoy the sunset and a great show. I know we’ll be there.

 

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Photo: Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California via #instagram

June 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Colorado street bridge

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Arroyo Seco and Colorado Street Bridge

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